Tested by experts 06d9a64036647e73500f0390c533b110047acb1d8dfcda07834106364a611f86
cameras

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Digital Camera Review

Sony's new stylish tough cam fails to capitalize on the potential of last year's TX10.

$329.99
Advertisement

Introduction

One of Sony's smartest ideas last year was the Cyber-shot TX10, a waterproof camera that wasn't intended for the demanding outdoor adventurer, but rather just the klutz in all of us.

The body had some actual style—previously a rarity for this type of camera—and nobody could tell by looking at it that the exterior was armored. While it wasn't as durable as the competition, the protection was adequate for spilled drinks, dunks in the pool, or drops to the floor.

These qualities made the TX10 a pretty easy recommendation for young shooters that didn't want their camera to break on them, despite some problems with design and image quality that were at times severe. Recognizing the potential of this series, we hoped the TX20 would improve on the TX10, and solidify itself as the go-to casual tough-cam. Sadly, that's not the case.

Check out our 7-camera waterproof shootout to see how the year's best tough-cams compare.

The TX20 is available now in black, orange, blue, green, and pink shades for an MSRP of $329.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20, take a look at these other point & shoot cameras.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Hardware
  4. Durability
  5. Photo Gallery
  6. Image Quality
  7. Sharpness
  8. Color
  9. Noise Reduction
  10. Distortion
  11. Video
  12. Usability
  13. Ease of Use
  14. Handling
  15. Controls
  16. Speed
  17. Features
  18. Extras
  19. Video Features
  20. Conclusion

News and Features

Boston fireworks hero 2

Want Better Fireworks Photos? Just Shoot Video

For a frustration-free experience, set it and forget it.

Ricoh gr ii news hero

Ricoh's New GR II Makes Tiny Tweaks to A Killer Camera

Ricoh releases a sequel to the classic GR with NFC, WiFi

Canon g3x hero

Canon Guns For Point-and-Shoot Crown With New G3 X

Want a high-end compact camera with zoom? Canon's got an answer.

Nest cam hero

Nest Unveils a WiFi Security Camera for the 21st Century

Nest has released a revamped version of the Dropcam security camera.

Adobe stock

Adobe Announces Stock, A New Marketplace For Assets

Cut out the middle-man: buy and sell your stock images through Adobe

Adobe cc photo news 2015 hero

Adobe Continues Focus on Mobile With Creative Cloud Update

Substantial additions to Photoshop and Lightroom are here.

Hero

The Gorgeous Leica Q Is the Mini M We've Always Wanted

The Leica Q is a point-and-shoot with a pure shot of M-series DNA.

Hero

Sony Bets Big on 4K With A7R II, RX100 IV, and RX10 II

Sony's three flagships get a remodel with new A7R II, RX10 II, and RX100 IV.

X t10 news hero

Fujifilm Extends X-Series With X-T10, 90mm f/2 Lens

Beautiful retro style has never been so accessible.